Rose and Furse are ceramic sculptors; she makes delicate, sometimes humorous, pieces, he creates bold animals and birds; their thatched, rambling house is a jaw-dropping gallery of modern art, ceramics and fabrics. The prettiest of cottage gardens brims with colour and scent – lots of seats and a summerhouse for sitting and admiring. Originally two cottages, you sleep on one side in lovely bedrooms under the eaves, sharing (with friends or family) a bathroom and a sitting room with log fire. Breakfast (full English, homemade jams) is next to the couple’s studio. Such warm-hearted, artistic owners – and you’re deep in Hardy country.